NIOSH issues Automotive Repair Safety Agenda
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has worked through it's National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) partnership program to develop and release the National Services Agenda which includes safety and health goals for auto repair services to strive toward.
The automotive repair and maintenance industry has more than 1.3 million workers nationwide, which include automobile dealerships, general repair, and specialty shops. While these workplaces may not have safety professionals on staff, injury and illness risks can be reduced by adopting effective hazard controls and safe work practices.
Employers can also lead a work group to discuss major issues about hazards in the industry, develop a system to better track occupational injuries and illnesses, and provide input to NORA to further develop more safety goals for the industry.
NORA's Services Sector Council created strategic goals within the auto repair industry, and plans to track accomplishments through 2016. NORA stated that to achieve these goals partnerships are necessary to encourage the creation of comprehensive occupational safety and health programs, analyze potential exposures to hazardous materials, and to develop effective training programs to help employees recognize and control hazardous material in auto repair shops.
As a part of these automotive repair health and safety goals, the National Services Agenda has listed important issues, including cuts, lacerations, bruises, and exposure to chemicals, exhaust, and asbestos. Businesses can reduce risks of injuries with the appropriate safety products, including work gloves, respiratory protection, and safety glasses.